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COD Mobile SMG tier list - Every submachine gun ranked for Season 5

SMGs still dominate in COD Mobile after the recent update, here are the COD Mobile SMG tier list rankings for Season 5.
COD Mobile SMG tier list - Every submachine gun ranked for Season 5

The Tropical Vision, otherwise known as COD Mobile Season 5, is going live and that means new changes to the weapons like submachine guns. Every season brings new weapon tuning to the game, and that typically translates to a shift in the overall SMG tier list.

How the weapons go up or down in tiers can depend on a couple of different factors. The first is changes to the base stats of the weapon, with or without any augments. The second is changes to the attachments instead, which can alter the effectiveness of a given SMG. In Season 5, some of these changes have been made in both aspects, but the overall tier list won't have drastic changes.

COD Mobile Season 5 Tropical Vision - SMG tier list

Tropical Vision
Season 5 brings new changes to the SMG tiers. (Picture: Activision)

Submachine guns are arguably the most dominant weapons in COD Mobile, so picking the right one from a Season 5 tier list can make a massive difference in your own games. Assault rifles are almost on par, but if you face a meta SMG up close, you'll likely melt away within a split second.

The best submachine guns all have an incredibly fast TTK mixed with controllable recoil and decent effective damage range. It makes them hard to deal with, especially when playing against the S-tier to A-tier options. In Season 5, most of the tiers have remained similar, but some guns have changed in their effectiveness.

Tier rank description:

  • S-Tier: This tier usually consists of the most popular weapons, and for good reason. These are picks that most competitive players will continue to use until something better comes along. They are nearly flawless.
  • A-Tier: These Submachine Guns come close to S-Tier, and much of the time the line is blurred. But in a fight with two equal players, the top-tier weapons are going to have the edge in consistency and power.
  • B-Tier: Here you'll find the middle tier of the Submachine Guns. These would still be considered usable, but they will certainly need the right attachments. Expect to lose some uneven fights.
  • C-Tier: This is where weapons start to lose quality. Attachments can help these, but they are mostly for fun. Some great plays in close quarters can be pulled off, but they are going to lose a lot of fights. High TTK and bullet spread are usually the problems.
  • D-Tier: Any weapon in this category should be avoided. They aren't competitive, and because of their lack of power, they are also usually not fun. However, they can be great for variety and loadout experiments if that's your style.

Note: This SMG tier list for COD Mobile Season 5 is based on the latest patch notes set to go live. The goal is to create a list that accurately reflects the meta and the changes being implemented to the weapons. Some lists will have differences in their rankings.

S-Tier submachine guns in COD Mobile Season 5

This SMG offers damage and accuracy nearly anywhere. (Picture: Activision)
  • MSMC
  • CBR4
  • QQ9
  • PP19 Bizon
  • QXR

These submachine guns essentially run COD Mobile lobbies and they are hard to contest. Each one of them has an incredibly fast TTK with next to no recoil. They can act as an AR in some situations, and they will nearly always win close-quarters fights.

A-Tier submachine guns in COD Mobile Season 5

Even at A-Tier, the MAC-10 is still competitive. (Picture: Activision)
  • RUS-79U
  • PPSh-41
  • MAC-10
  • Fennec 
  • MX9 

Nearly all of the submachine guns in A-Tier have been considered S-Tier at one point or another. Due to some of the latest changes, the MAC-10 and the PPSh-41 have gone down just enough to move to A-Tier, but all of the options in this rank are still fantastic.

B-Tier submachine guns in COD Mobile Season 5

In the B-Tier, the GKS offers accuracy and range. (Picture: Activision)
  • GKS 
  • AGR 556
  • Cordite

As always, the B-Tier weapons are the middle-of-the-line options. Consistency is their best trait, but they shoot just a bit too slow to best the other options above. These are still usable, but they will certainly lose up against something like a QQ9.

C-Tier submachine guns in COD Mobile Season 5


  • Pharo
  • Razorback
  • HG 40

In this tier, the weapon options all have one trait that saves them from being at the bottom of the barrel. Whether it's burst damage or high accuracy, that niche trait can help you in specific scenarios. But not enough to warrant a serious loadout.

D-Tier submachine guns in COD Mobile Season 5

The Chicom doesn't offer much in Season 5. (Picture: Activision)
  • PDW-57 
  • Chicom 

This is the bottom tier and the last two submachine guns here don't have much to offer in COD Mobile Season 5. Though the Chicom has had recent changes, they weren't enough to make a dent in the meta. Unfortunately, the PDW also gets left behind.

Considering how short the seasons are, it's not likely this tier list will change before Season 7. But they are only about a month-long, and before you know it, another set of changes will arrive.

For more coverage of the latest changes in Season 5 Tropic Visions, head to our dedicated COD Mobile section full of updates, news, guides, and more!


Featured image courtesy of Activision.